Severn Arts is seeking funds to enable Light Night Worcester to continue to be part of the city’s cultural offer every year. 

From January 2019 to March 2023 Severn Arts was a lead partner in The Arches Worcester Project and the delivery partner for the festivals strand of this project. Over the four years, the project funding provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), administered by Arts Council England (ACE), enabled the festivals team to produce four Light Nights, In Memoriam, an art installation by Luke Jerram, Same But Different, Atmosphere and The Rising festivals.  

Severn Arts also worked with community festivals including The Mela, Worcester Music Festival, Worcester Carnival and Love the Arbo to help them develop, reach new audiences and increase engagement. Worcester City Council, have committed to on-going support for this work. 

Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts Chief Executive, said: “Light Night Worcester has surpassed all expectations, attracting tens of thousands of people every time. We are so grateful to have had national funding from the DCMS via Arts Council England for a set 4 -year period, to really set the bar high for what can be done in our city. 
“We know there is huge appetite for Light Night to continue so we are now exploring every avenue we can to seek new funds to enable these fantastic events to continue to be a part of Worcester’s cultural offer every year. 

“We are planning to bid for more government subsidy, but we are fully aware that the future sustainability of the festivals depends on creating a mixed financial model with support from partners, businesses and individuals.”  
If anyone can help or has any ideas for how Severn Arts can keep Light Night for Worcester, please get in touch with us at 

For more information about the festivals programme see